Four members of an immigrants family are being treated at the university General Hospital of Rio, in the Achaia prefecture in the Peloponnese, for an infection from mycobacterium leprae (mycobacterium from which the Hansen disease is caused), according to an informatory bulletin by the Diseases Control and Prevention Centre.
A delegation of scientists from the Centre went to the hospital on Friday, where its members were briefed on the course of the cases by the group of attending doctors. The Centre discloses that the disease from mycobacterium leprae is transmitted from man to man with great difficulty and  becomes non-contageous immediately after the starting of a special therapy.